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July 30, 2014

U.S. Charities Shutter Liberia Clinic Amid Ebola Outbreak

Two American relief organizations have closed an Ebola virus treatment center they operated in Liberia as the disease has spread and triggered civil disturbances, Bloomberg reports.

Protests outside the clinic in Foya, Liberia "got out of hand," said Bruce Johnson, an executive with SIM USA. "It was a growing civil unrest and the local authorities were not able to secure the situation."

SIM and Samaritan's Purse, both Christian aid charities based in North Carolina, are evacuating 60 workers from Liberia due to the disease risk. Two Americans employees are being treated for Ebola, which has killed 672 people in four West African nations since March, the worst outbreak since the disease was first reported in 1976.

In Sierra Leone, patients' families are attacking doctors and refusing to let medical staff treat their relatives, according to the country's chief medical officer. Doctors Without Borders is scaling up its Ebola effort in Sierra Leone, now thought to be the epicenter of the outbreak that began in neighboring Guinea, Bloomberg also writes.